March 22, 2005
HOUSTON - Cliff Pennington went 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs to lead 14th-ranked Texas A&M to a 9-2 win over the University of Houston baseball team on Tuesday at Cougar Field.
Pennington gave the Aggies an early lead with an RBI-single in the first inning and broke open a close game in the sixth inning with a home run to left field to lead A&M to their 11th win in 13 games at Cougar Field. The Aggies also exacted some revenge after the Cougars claimed a 6-1 win on Feb. 13 during the finale of the Minute Maid Park College Classic.
The Aggies (18-7) scored three runs in their first at bat as four of the first five hitters in the game rapped out hits and never looked back in the win. In addition to Pennington, John Infante batted 3-for-5 and Parker Dalton went 2-for-5 with a double and run scored.
Texas A&M starter Austin Creps improved to 2-0 after holding the Cougars to only two runs off four hits with four strikeouts in seven innings of work. UH starter Ricky Hargrove dropped to 1-3 after giving up four runs off six hits with a strikeout in only 1.1 innings.
Jake Stewart and Kevin Roberts each went 2-for-4 with Stewart adding a run scored. With his hit total, Roberts extended his hitting streak to a UH season-best nine straight games, only one game from tying his personal best.
The Cougars return to action this weekend as they play host to Conference USA rival and 31st-ranked UAB in a three-game series at Cougar Field. That series begins with 7 p.m., games on both Saturday and Sunday and wraps up at 1 p.m., Sunday.
Those games can be heard live on the Internet at www.UHCougars.com with former Cougar letterwinners Nick Torina and Pat Cauley calling all the action. In addition, fans can follow the action by clicking on the "Gametracker" link at www.UHCougars.com.
The Aggies wasted little time in putting their mark on the scoreboard, starting the game with four straight hits. Pennington gave A&M the lead with an RBI-single to right field, and Ryan Hill's sacrifice fly scored Parker Dalton. Andrew Baldwin then capped the A&M scoring with a solo home run over the left field wall for a 3-0 lead.
UH answered in the bottom of the inning with a run of their own. Travis Tully drew a one-out walk, moved to second base on a balk and advanced to third on Kevin Roberts' single to right field before scoring on Brad Lincoln's groundout.
The Aggies expanded their lead in the second inning on Pennington's RBI-single up the middle to score Travis Bartek.
The Cougars trimmed their deficit to 4-2 in the third inning. After reaching on an infield single, Jake Stewart moved all the way to third base on Tully's double down the left field line and then scored on an A&M miscue in the outfield.
The score stayed that way until the sixth inning when Pennington blasted a two-run homer over the wall in left center.
In the eighth inning, Pennington struck again with a looping single into shallow center field that scored Travis Bartek, who led off with a walk.
Lee Harughty lifted a sacrifice fly and Will Carpenter scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to cap the Aggie scoring for the night.